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Sandymouth & Duckpool

  • Near Bude, Cornwall, EX23 9HW

At the foot of the Coombe Valley – to the north of Bude’s busier beaches – there’s a wilder, more desolate coastline, where Jurassic-looking ridges yawn towards the border of Devon. Ideal for dog-walkers looking to trammel wide-open bays and weather-beaten ridges, it’s here that you’ll discover the rugged little treasure of Duckpool, where vast cliffs collapse into a rock and sand beach where only hardy swimmers and surfers brave the pounding waves (indeed it’s dangerous to swim here unless you’re a strong swimmer).

There are no trappings except for an ice cream van in the beachside car park. Strike out south along the South West Coast Path and you will encounter Sandymouth – another pebble and sand beach that’s popular with dog walkers. With a lifeguard service, rockpools and a waterfall, it can get busier than Duckpool, and attracts plenty of families and surfers, but a steep, narrow path from the National Trust car park deters the worst of the crowds. From Sandymouth, at low-tide you can walk the two miles to Bude all the way along the beach, turning it into a circular walk if you take the South West Coast Path in the opposite direction.

Beach Type: Pebble and Sand
Dog Information: Dogs allowed all year round